Trauma is often defined by health care professionals as an emotional response to a terrible event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope.
Thus, a frequent trauma response is avoidance of all internal and external reminders of the terrible event. Unfortunately, this avoidance can have lasting effects, such as feelings of helplessness, a diminished sense of self, and the inability to feel a full range of emotions.
Although challenging, providing oneself with the space and time to identify, accept, and process emotions associated with the experienced trauma is what will allow you to live in the present without being overwhelmed by internal and external reminders of the terrible event.
A person in the lives of Wild Mountain Clinical Counselling depicts trauma and the importance of processing trauma beautifully and has provided us consent to share their metaphor.
What metaphor represents your definition of trauma?